Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.
From Lisette D & Danielle Bowen, Knitique, A Yarn Boutique, via email.
Dear Chris (she’s our Chief Soaksperson),
Thank you again to Soak for your donation of the Soak samples for our fund raising event for Louisa’s charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Our event was an overwhelming success and we raised over $1, 400.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The attendee’s loved that their Louisa Harding hat kit came with a Soak sample!
Thank you again for your donation and thank you for being a company that cares.
It’s our pleasure. If you are a Soak retailer and you’ve got an event. We would be honoured to hear about it. Thanks Lisette!
We’ve been busy, and a bit out of touch with the blog. Thankfully it has been all in the name of good things and lots of work! We’ll be more on top of this moving forward.
Yesterday, as you may already know, we had our debut on the Shopping Channel! It was a very exciting day, full of new friends, new activities and selling Soak!
We are very pleased to share with you the link to the great gift set we made, exclusively for them (you have to click to see it), as well as some awesome photos of the television that Chris took in the green room (the nice place where guests wait when they aren’t on air) and Jacqueline’s Dad took from home (the nice place where parents watch proudly as their children sell stuff on TV). We love the grainy look of the shots, combined with the TV buying information. All scents are available online, so get them now! Thanks for watching. We’ll let you know our next air date as soon as we have it.
Oh, and did we mention, you can even watch the video of our on-air episode too! (you have to click on the video link above the image on the Shopping Channel page selling Soak…)
Check it out! Thanks again for choosing Soak. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without you.
As part of the Knitting and Crochet blog week, they’ve encouraged us to try something a little different for April Fools.
Today’s assignment was to make a posting on our blog that was different from our typical day to day content. We’ve often had customers ask us for tips on how to block their finished projects, so we’ve decided to make a video to show the process of blocking a lace scarf. We’re new to this world of video so if you have some tips and tricks for beginners, please share!
My mother sewed a lot when I was a kid. She made our Halloween costumes, some of our clothes and, if she didn’t make our clothes, she embroidered them. It was the 70s. All my jeans had big, loopy flowers on them, done by my mother.
As a sewer, she had a huge jar of buttons, buttons that fell off clothes, buttons that she cut off vintage clothes so she could use the fabric, extra buttons that came with new clothes, buttons that were purchased because they were pretty, buttons of every size and shape. When I was little and it was raining, I loved to dump that jar on the floor and sort through them. Sometimes I matched them up. Sometimes I made designs with the different colours, sometimes I lined them up by size or sorted them by colour. My mom still has that button jar and every once in a while when I visit, I put my hand it in and let the buttons pour through my fingers, just like I used to when I was a kid.
I have my own button jar today. It isn’t as big or as diverse as my mother’s. Most of my buttons have been purchased. I don’t always have a reason for buying them. I’m usually browsing at a tradeshow or in a shop and stumble upon a pretty design or a great colour. Sometimes I have a specific kid in mind (like the ‘transportation’ buttons I bought for my nephew) when I buy them and no real project to go with them. Having friends that are also crafters, I’ve been gifted some pretty fabulous buttons as well.
I love searching through my button collection after a project is completed. I still like to pour them all out to sort through them. You can forget what’s in there. It’s like a little treasure hunt. I don’t always find what I need which sends me to buy more buttons. I find buying buttons like eating chips. You can’t just buy one set. What if I get this one home and it doesn’t look right? I’ll need the other set just in case! I know this could be solved by taking my project with me but where is the fun in that? How will I ever have a great button jar filled to the brim if I’m always buying just what I need? I certainly don’t do that with my yarn stash.
About a year ago, I made a dark green sweater for a baby girl. It was a really cute little cardigan that needed just two buttons. Before I’d found the right buttons, I had laid the sweater out and thought perhaps I’d lost my mind with that particular colour for a new baby girl. I’d also knit another sweater as well as a blanket. As I sorted through the buttons it was in the back of my mind that perhaps this sweater would get put aside and gifted to the next baby boy that came along. Then I fell about the delicate pale green flowers with yellow centres and instantly knew that these were the exact right thing to turn that dark green into a baby girl’s sweater. At the baby shower, it was the dark green sweater that everyone cooed about.
Embellishments can make all the difference.
Aside from buttons, our labels of love also add a nice finishing touch to your home made gifts. Attaching one of our labels and adding a few mini-soaks in with the gift will help ensure that your hard work will be taken care of.
As business people in the yarn industry and avid crafters, we are often gifted yarn. Lots of yarn. Some we claim for our individual projects, some we gift again, but most we keep at the office, cued up in the land of imaginary projects and endless time, displayed for our enjoyment as decorative art.
Carrie is in charge of yarn organization. She is the master of style, protector of all pretty string, to borrow the phrase from Lorna’s Laces. Before Carrie, you see, yarn was scattered throughout the office, in boxes, in the warehouse, on shelves and under desks. It was chaos. There was no rhyme or reason to the piles, just yarn arriving and being abandoned amongst the magazines, bags and other samples.
You can use this yarn, but only if you have a special project in mind. Another classification contains single skeins of delicious colours, exclusive samples and precious yardage earmarked for only the most exclusive projects. You have to ask Carrie really nicely to secure yarn from this stash. Guests who peruse our yarn stashes are steered away from this group.
Then there’s the bin of yarns that, while lovely and vibrant, are misfits, random balls, samples and promotional pieces that seem to have appeared out of nowhere, but have chosen our office as their home.
Carrie loves all yarn. She provides safe havens for all of our stash, regardless of its past, present or future. She has also reduced the yarn clutter from the office library, from my office (in particular, as I didn’t used to part easily from my yarn) and from our minds. We are all confident that our yarn is better off thanks to Carrie’s presence at the office.
Like a good friend, Carrie also offered to help organize our home-based yarn stashes. Her wise ways are as useful in the office as they are in personal spaces, keeping our minds and homes clutter free so we can focus on our knitting.
Want your yarn (or other creative stuff) organized, at home or work? Invite Carrie over and your stash will never be the same. She can’t wait to meet you.
I vaguely recall having learned to knit as a child when I used to sit beside my mom as she knit. She was a great knitter. I on the other hand was not and haven’t touched a pair of needles until I started working at Soak.
I’ve been interning at Soak for almost 7 months now and it’s hard not to pick up knitting while you are here. Jacqueline, Chris and Ngoc all know how to knit and they often bring in their projects to work on during lunch. Seeing their fun projects, as well as seeing all the beautiful colourful yarns laying around the office made me wonder if I could actually learn again and maybe even finish one project.
I grabbed some Louet Riverstone yarn and a pair of borrowed needles from Jacqueline and started to knit a simple scarf. I learned how to knit and purl. I finished in about a week. Even though it was a very simple pattern, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment as I wrapped my finished scarf around my neck.
I moved onto my next project right away after being inspired by a cupcake on Jacqueline’s office desk that was knitted by Chris. The instructions I found for cupcakes all suggested crocheting so I tried my hand at crochet. My first cupcake was horribly big; perhaps I didn’t pull the stitches tight enough. My next one was much better. It was so adorable that I gave to my friend as a present. I made one last cupcake before my interest started to subside. I looked through our library to see what I could make for my next project. I decided on a cute little yarn cactus.
I took a break from knitting until I went with Ngoc to a Heel testing/review at the Purple Purl, lead by Amy Singer. That was the first time I went to Purple Purl. I just loved the entire store and the people within it. Everyone was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I decided that I had to buy some yarn and start my next project. I had initially picked up some black yarn but put it back once I saw Ngoc shaking her head in disapproval. She persuaded me to be a little wild and pick a beautiful raspberry pink yarn instead.
I went from not knowing how to knit or crochet to making 2 scarves, 3 cupcakes, and a cactus this winter. Not bad. For my next project, I might even try cables or even entrelac. Do you have any suggestions for a project for a pretty beginner knitter?